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Project Goals and Objectives

Goal: To develop an integrated set of environmental indicators that can be used to assess the condition of the coastal margins of all five Great Lakes.
Research question: "What environmental indicators can be developed to efficiently, economically, and effectively measure and monitor the condition, integrity, and long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes coastal margins?"

Objectives:

1. Identify environmental indicators of the condition, integrity, and change of the ecosystems within the Great Lakes coastal margins.

2. Rigorously test these indicators with a combination of existing data and field data to link stressors with environmental indicators.

3. Recommend a suite of hierarchically-structured indicators useful to the development of informed management strategies.

Timeline:
2001: Pilot study field season
2002-2003: Intensive field work
2004: Data analysis and recommendation of indicators
2005-2006 Outreach - work with SOLEC, GLNPO, state agencies to demonstrate and implement indicators